Your frequently asked questions

Erik Espelid

Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

Biography

Recruiting for a range of senior level roles at OMP, each day means exciting new challenges for Erik: “What I love most is being a part of a diverse, international team of smart people and seeing new hires bring innovative ideas to the organization.”

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Kira van Waterschoot

Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

Biography

Kira gets a great feeling from coordinating the talent acquisition process and supporting our recruiters as they encourage ambitious people to join OMP. “Work and fun really do come together here. I love meeting new colleagues who are as enthusiastic about OMP as I am.”

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  1. Is OMP hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    We’re still hiring! We’re continuously on the lookout for talented and motivated team players. In 2020, we hired a total of 185 new employees. During these exceptional times, all interviews, assessments, and career fairs, like our OMP Career Days, are taking place online. In some of our offices, tours have been temporarily suspended. We’re monitoring the situation closely and we’ll return to normal as soon as it’s safe to do so. Meanwhile, let’s connect, virtually! If you do stop by for a visit, we will make sure you feel safe.

  2. What is the application process?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    1. Do an assignment
    If your profile interests us, you’ll be invited for an assessment connected to the role you applied for and the expertise required for it. For example, software-focused candidates are asked to solve a technical challenge, whereas consulting profiles are presented with a test requiring basic supply chain knowledge.

    2. Talk to HR
    Passed the assessment successfully? Congrats! Now let’s get to know each other. One of our recruiters will listen to your story, your interests, and ambitions, and explain what we can offer you. We know there’s much more to you than just your degrees and skills. Meeting in person is a great way to see if we click.

    3. Get to know your manager and future teammates
    Next, your hiring manager will put your expertise to the test and dig a little deeper into your know-how, preferences and ambitions. Together, you’ll discuss your options and draft the plan for your career at OMP.

    4. Meet your director or the CEO
    You might expect that’s where it ends. But at OMP, it doesn’t. To be sure we get along, we schedule a meet and greet with your future team director. Strategic positions require an adapted approach. For senior, tailor-made and new positions, we arrange for you to meet our CEO in person. We believe that flat hierarchy and short communication lines yield the best results.

    5. Sign your contract
    All set to go? If we both feel the click and agree on the terms, we’ll finalize your contract offer and talk you through the details. Welcome to OMP! We look forward to onboarding you.

  3. How long will my application take?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    It depends on how well your profile, skills, and personality match the job requirements and our culture. And then, we have to make the calendars work. We want you to meet part of your future team and management, so you can feel the company vibe and make the right decision.

    Where possible, we’ll combine multiple interviews in one day. Applying for junior and standard positions takes about 2 weeks on average. Management, new or tailor-made positions typically involve more iterations and alignment meetings, so it could take some weeks longer.

  4. What do I wear for my job interview?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    The dress code at OMP is business casual. There’s no need to show up in formal attire unless that is your strong preference. We dress nicely but not sloppily, and we refrain from offensive attire. You see, we’re an informal organization, where diversity and personality matter. Just be yourself. We look beyond apparel. As long as you feel comfortable, you’ll be fine.

  5. What are the OMP Career Days?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    Belgium

    Once a year, we organize our recruitment days for recent graduates. Our OMP Career Days are spread over two half-days. On day one, you’ll say hello to our managers and directors. If we all feel the click, you’re invited to day two. On the second day, we’ll challenge you with a business case. Before we say goodbye, you’ll know whether or not we have a contract for you.

    The US

    In the US, we organize our recruitment days for graduates and junior hires twice a year, in the spring and fall semesters. Our OMP Career Days here are half-day events where you meet several of our senior consultants and solutions architects for an interview and presentation. If all goes well, you will meet with one of our directors, and within a few days you should have an idea of our interest in extending a contract offer.

    Click here to find the program for the next OMP Career Days.

  6. When and where are the OMP Career Days ?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    Normally, the OMP Career Days are a live event in our head office in Antwerp (Belgium) hosted every spring. In our Atlanta office (US) we host this in spring and fall semesters. Due to COVID-19, this year’s event is happening remotely. We realize it’s not ideal, but we just can’t wait to meet you! So have a look at the planning here. Talk to you soon.

  7. How can I attend the OMP Career Days?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    What are you waiting for? Apply for the job you’re dreaming of, send us your resume and motivation. If you spark our interest, we’ll reach out to you and arrange a call. If we both feel happy afterwards, you’ll get a personal invitation to participate in the OMP Career Days.

  8. How does your employee referral program work?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    We trust our employees and value their know-how and network. Talent attracts talent. That’s why we encourage our staff to recommend our vacancies to their friends. If their lead turns out successful, they get a bonus, their friends score an exciting job, and we grow our pool of talent.

  9. How do you organize onboarding at OMP?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    Once we’ve decided to work together, it’s time to get you up to speed. We want your onboarding to be a personal experience, so we customize the program to your needs.

    On day one, our HR team gives you a warm welcome. We’ll introduce you to your personal coach, your day-to-day coach, and your team. You’ll be equipped with your laptop, iPhone and office supplies. Next, you’ll make yourself at home in your new office and tackle your e-learning program.

    During your first 4 to 6 weeks at OMP, you’ll follow an intensive training program. Classroom trainings are complemented with on-the-job learning. No stress! Your day-to-day coach is there to help you find your way around and answer your questions.

    What happens next, largely depends on your profile, role, and personal learning curve. As a consultant, you can expect to join your first project during your first months at OMP. Software engineers usually dive into complex challenges and coding after a couple of weeks.

    Anywhere in your first 6 to 12 months you’ll be self-managing. Your day-to-day coach then steps back. From now on, you’re an independent team member and ready to do your job.

  10. How do you onboard newcomers during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    Despite the restrictions, we onboard new hires every week. Although we regret we can’t offer you the welcome we’d like to give you, due to the safety measures, we do our very best to support newcomers as much as possible. You’ll get your personal laptop, iPhone and office supplies on day one.

    Physical meetings may be hard to organize right now, but we’ll organize online meetings with your team members, coaches and managers. As long as is needed, we are all working remotely. That being said, your day-to-day coach will call you every day to help you get up to speed. One thing is certain: we take your safety seriously. That’s why we comply with the local rules and recommendations regarding social distancing and working from home.

  11. What kind of training will I get?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    As a new OMP employee, you’re in for an intensive training program. During your first months, we’ll walk you through the essentials. In our classroom trainings, you and other newcomers will get acquainted with everything you need to know. You’ll learn about supply chain basics, our commercial solution, OMP’s organization and processes. In parallel, you’ll grow your soft and technical skills required for your job.

    On top of that, you’ll follow customized internal training programs connected to your role, interests, and ambitions.

    When your onboarding is complete, we’ll encourage you to keep on learning. Our customized training program helps you deploy your talents to the full. When your job requires specialist expertise beyond the know-how of our staff, we offer all the external training you need to be successful.

  12. How is my coaching organized?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    At OMP, you don’t just get one coach. You get two. A day-to-day coach and a personal coach.

    During the first six to twelve months, you’ll be working closely together with your day-to-day coach. As your mentor and buddy, they’ll get you up to speed, answering all the questions you may have, and filling in the blanks that your training hasn’t covered. This person is your trusted partner for deep-diving into your job, mastering procedures, and learning all the tricks of the trade. Your day-to-day coach remains at your side until you are self-managing.

    In parallel, your personal coach monitors your wellbeing, your progress, and your career. They’ll stimulate your personal growth and development in the long run too. During monthly one-on-ones, you’ll talk about how you’re doing, what the next steps are and what you need to successfully achieve that. Also, your personal coach will be there to assist you with your annual performance reviews.

  13. What are my career options at OMP?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    Everyone is different. We all have talents, ambitions and dreams of our own. That’s what makes us all special. We value diversity and foster personality. When it comes to career paths, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. So we give you the freedom to carve your own path. That being said, you’re never on your own. Our management, coaches, and talent experts offer you their full support.

    As our business keeps on booming, our organization is constantly evolving. We keep creating roles, opening entirely new windows of opportunities for those who like a challenge. Whether you’re keen on developing, consulting, coaching, or managing, being a specialist or a generalist, it doesn’t really matter. We cater to all tastes and interests and are happy to help you reach your goals. Together we’ll find a way to boost your talents. That’s how we grow careers and keep our people happy.

  14. How does OMP evaluate and assess personal growth?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    Once a year, you’ll sit down together with your team lead and personal coach for a formal yearly review. During this meeting, you evaluate the past year, and discuss achievements and obstacles, including how you overcame them. If you’ve earned a bonus, promotion, or salary raise, we’ll talk about that too. Next, you’ll define new goals, objectives, and learning targets. Your yearly review is the perfect way to evaluate how you’re feeling in your job and our organization, and model your career path for an even better fit.

  15. Can I switch career paths over time?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    Personal development is key at OMP. If the path you’re on no longer excites you, switching your career path may be a good idea. At OMP, we like to design your career with you. You’re always in the driver's seat. Our talent center hosts experts that will support you as you reinvent your career path and open new horizons. With the proper motivation, skills, and curiosity from your side and a little help from us, we’ll work it out together.

  16. Does OMP support relocation?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    If you’re eager to work abroad and it fits both your career development and our company plans, we’ll do our best to make your dream come true. We’re a truly global firm and pride ourselves on our inclusive culture. Relocation is a wonderful way to discover alternative views on the world, and boost resilience and personal growth. And you’re in luck! As our customer base keeps growing, our network of regional offices continues to expand around the globe.

  17. What’s your company culture like?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    We’re a dynamic, smart, and caring team, that supports personal development and puts team spirit before personal ambition. As an inclusive employer, we value diversity and pride ourselves on welcoming a wide range of talents. We’re a global player with a drive to innovate. As a growing organization, we keep finding new challenges and creating new opportunities. If all that appeals to you, we have a place for you.

  18. How do you accommodate candidates with a disability?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    We do our best to make work accessible for everyone. Our parking lots, entrances, elevators, offices, and evacuation plans are fully adapted to wheelchair users. Special display glasses are available to visually impaired employees. We embrace autism as a different way of looking at the world that enriches our vision. Talent comes in many forms and we embrace them all.

  19. What does OMP’s wellbeing program look like?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    People come first at OMP. Your interests and wellbeing are our priority. We encourage and enable you to maintain a sustainable work-life balance by managing your own schedule. Together, we build you a career that keeps you motivated, and offer you the autonomy and tools you need to achieve your goals. Our offices are a pleasant place for both working and relaxing. We invite you to enjoy our many sports facilities or social activities after hours.

    Are you feeling unsatisfied and off-balance? We keep our finger on the pulse in the monthly coaching sessions and annual reviews. There’s nothing we can’t talk about. If you need a listening ear, an in-house balance counselor is just an office away. It’s easier to find a solution together than alone.

    Feeling overworked? Don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our external health experts for professional and anonymous help.

  20. What kind of activities does OMP organize besides work?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    There is much more to life than work. At OMP, we go to great lengths to make work fun. Our onsite sports facilities, activities, and workout sessions are a great way to let off steam. At our head office and major regional offices, you can attend pilates and boxing sessions, functional training, yoga classes and more. We like to keep you in good shape. Both physically and emotionally. You’re very welcome for after-work drinks, game nights, quizzes or an organized evening out.

  21. How often can I work from home?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    Under normal circumstances, you are free to work up to half of your time from home. Juniors and new hires typically spend more time at the office during their onboarding period (three to six months) as they attend on-site classroom training, work intensely with their day-to-day coach, and meet colleagues at their desks to integrate and get acquainted faster.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home has temporarily become our new standard in most OMP offices. We meticulously follow local legislation and recommendations in the interest of your health.

  22. What’s OMP’s working policy regarding COVID-19?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    During the pandemic, we meticulously observe local regulations and recommendations and apply them to our work. Although our standard policy allows for remote work up to 50% of the time, this pandemic exceptionally justifies home working all the time.

  23. How often am I expected to go to the Belgian head office if I work from a regional office?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    The Belgian head office serves as our European training hub. At the start of their career, Asian and Latin-American colleagues typically spend a couple of months at the head office. Some strategic company meetings take place in Antwerp too. Depending on your role, your projects and the team you’re in, it may be possible that you’ll be visiting more often.

    As a general rule in normal circumstances, employees working in one of our Belgian satellite offices visit the head office one day a week on average. Special working conditions and visitor restrictions apply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  24. How often will I be traveling?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    Business trips are not everyone’s cup of tea. Whether or not you’ll be doing a lot of them, depends on the career you’ve chosen. Software engineers rarely leave the office. Consultants typically spend a third of their time on business trips and meetings at customers’ sites. Travel intensity can vary considerably according to project and customer requirements. Personal preferences and life cycle plans obviously matter too. The bottom line? We always figure out which formula works best for you.

  25. What’s OMP’s view on working overtime?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    We encourage you to challenge yourself the healthy way. Working after office hours is not standard policy. We’re organized to serve our customers around the clock, but never at the expense of our staff. That being said, project work is known to have its peaks. At crucial moments, we’ll expect you to be flexible as well. Always as an exception. Never as the rule.

  26. Does OMP outsource its employees?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    No, we don’t. Sure, our consultants are often on the road meeting our customers and guiding them through the implementation process. And at critical times in the project cycle, particularly around the go-live, they’ll spend more time at the customer’s site than usual. That being said, we’re not a classic outsourcing company that expects its employees to move from one customer to the next. At OMP, we keep our offices close to our customers so you’ll always have a desk.

  27. What’s the dress code at OMP?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    The dress code at OMP is business casual. There’s no need to show up in formal attire unless that is your strong preference. We dress nicely but not sloppily, and we refrain from offensive attire. You see, we’re an informal organization, where diversity and personality matter. Just be yourself. We look beyond apparel. As long as you feel comfortable, you’ll be fine.

  28. Can I order lunch at work?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    At our head office and the largest regional offices, lunch delivery is very popular thanks to a varied choice of caterers. Change your daily food routine by ordering an exotic sandwich, the menu of the day, or the week’s special surprise. Do you feel like pizza? Or will you go for sushi today?

  29. Can I have parcels delivered on-site?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    We live in a digital world. Online shopping is the way to go. To make it easy for you, your packages can be delivered to our head office and most of our regional offices. Don’t worry about a thing. Your parcels are received and stored discretely. Of course, size limits do apply. But hey, you weren’t thinking of having your new washing machine delivered to your desk, were you?

  30. What additional benefits do I get at OMP?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    On top of our salary package, we offer competitive benefits, compensation, and insurance policies aligned to local customs, regulations and market conditions. All our employees receive their own company laptop and iPhone. As a rule, everyone gets a yearly bonus in function of group results, team effort and personal contribution. Your recruiter will talk you through the details during your job interview.

  31. What does OMP actually do?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    Glad you ask! OMP is a leading solution provider that helps companies solve complex supply planning challenges. Our offering combines smart software and services that help our customers to excel at what they do. For more details on our product, the industries and customers we cater for, have a look at our corporate website.

  32. What sets OMP apart as an employer?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    There are a lot of reasons why you’d feel happy here. We care about our people. At OMP, you’ll get all the support you need to build the career you really want. Our training, coaching, and life-long learning program will empower you to become the best version of yourself. If you like working for an innovative, multicultural, and inclusive company, you’ll feel at home with us.

    As a fast-growing market leader, we offer many opportunities for the ambitious and the talented. We value personality and creativity and work together as one team. Success is a collaborative achievement, rather than a personal triumph. We take your wellbeing seriously. Our balance program enables you to find your personal work-life balance. There is much more to life than work! So take some time off for a workout or join the many fun and sports activities we organize on our premises. Want to know more? Check out what we can offer you!

  33. What is supply chain planning?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    Never heard of supply chain planning before? You’re not the only one. All you need to know is this: the entire process from buying raw materials, making a product, storing, transporting and selling it, is what we call the ‘supply chain’. We’ve specialized in solutions that help industries worldwide to optimize the planning of these processes. Want to learn more? Just take a look at this fun story. And remember: once you’re on board, you’ll get a closer introduction into the amazing world of supply chain planning.

  34. How many people work at OMP?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    OMP currently employs over 750 employees. As a global company with head office in Belgium and regional offices in Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Spain, Ukraine, and the US, we host a diverse blend of talented people from 40 different countries.

  35. What’s OMP’s growth projection?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    Over the last 5 years, both our team and our revenue have had an average annual growth rate of around 20%. As our expansion continues, we keep hiring at full speed on every continent.

  36. How many nationalities work at OMP?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    As a multicultural employer, we firmly believe in the power of diversity. With over 40 different nationalities, all ethnic groups are represented in our midst.

  37. When was OMP founded?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    OMP was founded over 35 years ago, back in 1985. Many of the founding partners and employees are still members of our management team and our board of directors. As such, we’re one of the most long-lived solution providers in the supply chain planning business. Long before AI got hot, we embraced it to solve business problems.

    Starting from mathematical solutions for complex optimization challenges, we soon moved up to designing and optimizing our customer’s entire supply chain planning. Our smart planning solution has been keeping many Fortune 500 companies on top of their game for decades. With an impressive track record of successful projects and happy customers, we have grown into the best-kept secret of the supply chain planning business.

  38. Where are your offices located?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    Besides our head office in Belgium, we serve our growing customer base from our regional offices in Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Spain, Ukraine, and the US. Together we build quite a team, a diverse blend of talented people from 40 different countries.

    Discover our offices

  39. How does OMP contribute to a more sustainable world?

    Kira van Waterschoot

    Talent Acquisition Coordinator at OMP

    We’re a caring company. We have a heart for people, planet and prosperity. It’s our goal to support growth that benefits all and add value in a sustainable way. Our solution allows companies to optimize global supply chains, maximize efficiency, and minimize waste with full respect to sustainability parameters and objective KPIs. Our software and services also bring calm to the work floor and satisfaction to our customers. We make life easier by offering them a complete solution that solves their questions and puts them in control.

    As a company, we encourage our colleagues to bike to work! We do this by offering them the opportunity of leasing a bike. Would you like to bike to work? You'd be rewarded by our incentive program.

    Discover how we contribute to a more sustainable world.

  40. What kind of charities does OMP support?

    Erik Espelid

    Senior Technical Recruiter at OMP

    We like to give back to the community. Our corporate social responsibility (CSR) program spans a wide range of projects and initiatives. Every year, we invite our global employees to submit a non-profit charity organization that means a lot to them. Then, we all vote for our favorite project and help distribute the budget. Check out the projects we support on our corporate website.


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